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Our national nightmare is over... another Pirates Of The Caribbean movie is on its way, and after countless delays, we could be setting sail for 2016 with the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow, star of one and a half good movies and also some other footage! Johnny Depp is likely returning for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales , but we haven't been certain when we were gonna see the scallywag. But producer Jerry Bruckheimer finally broke the silence.

Jerry Bruckheimer has announced (via Slashfilm) that they're hoping to begin Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales early 2015. The clip comes from the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where no doubt Bruckheimer is representing several of his hit TV franchises. The film is slated to be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Bandidas), from a script by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can). Of course, a lot has changed since Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney made Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. For one, The Lone Ranger, which lost the studio a ton of money. That led to the dissolution of a pact between Bruckheimer and Disney, one that resulted in some of the biggest films of all time, and also some of the most expensive.

The new film is said to feature a witch as a leading lady, with ghosts figuring prominently into the narrative. Aside from that, you can count on Johnny Depp making a shitload of funny faces as Captain Jack, with Geoffrey Rush and Penelope Cruz gettin' dem checks. The rumors pegged Christoph Waltz as the villain, but with the delays it's not certain if that's going to happen. Ronning and Sandberg earned the gig off the strength of Kon-Tiki, a brilliant seafaring thriller about Thor Heyerdahl's iconic trip across the Pacific Ocean. Letting them loose on a blockbuster is exciting, and having them work with Johnny Depp is inspired.

This likely places the film in the middle of the 2016 summer scrum, where it will have to share space with Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Independence Day 2 and Finding Dory – basically, everything's a sequel that year. The last couple of entries in the series were released in May, but that seems unlikely now with Dawn Of Justice, Captain America 3, an untitled Universal comedy, the second Alice In Wonderland and X-Men: Apocalypse. The week of May 20th is still free. Maybe Pirates can slot there, but we'll see.

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